This Saturday sees Whitby Town host 9th place Matlock Town at the Turnbull ground. The blues come into Saturday’s game after securing a 2-1 win away at Hednesford last weekend, helping Whitby climb to 11th in the table.
“Last weekend was a massive three points. Not to be played down, three points on the road is always an achievement it’s a platform to build on and continue.
“I think it wasn’t our greatest performance, there was nothing in the game but we minimised their chances and maximised ours.
“As a group, we all know how important and hard three points are to get, we just try to do more than our opponents in every area of the field.
Matlock are coming into the game well rested with their fixture last Saturday being postponed, this could come with both positives and negatives for the visitors but Hardy is assured it will still be a tough game for his side.
“We beat them earlier in the season with a good scoreline, it was a tight game that the scoreline didn’t reflect but since then they’ve changed management and put together a run of results.
“Regardless of their break, it’s going to be a difficult fixture.”
Big news at the club this week was the confirmed transfer of Junior Mondal, to League Two club Forest Green Rovers and he is now unavailable for selection through the deal, but Hardy remains positive as he still has three forwards to choose from this Saturday.
“We are probably running too rich for forwards, three recognised forwards. I’ve not been in this position before in my time at Whitby, the two things for me is to one get them all involved regularly, and secondly to keep them all happy.
“I am aiming to get players to play for places and get performances out of them and goals.”
With the year drawing to an end and the season nearly halfway through hardy is happy with where the club is at the moment and is hoping that a run of form can see the club start pushing for the play-off spots.
“The club is in a comfortable position, we aren’t in a relegation fight but we aren’t currently knocking on the door for the play-off spots either.
“Ultimately we need to find form and sometimes it doesn’t come but this is as good a squad as any I’ve had at my time at Whitby.
“We’ve lost games this season through fine lines, and building form affects these fine lines and that’s where we are working towards to get points and go up that table come April.”